Spirits high at school gala

Tom Sloan, 11, has great fun with his friend Cooper Roberts, 9, in the jousting ring
Tom Sloan, 11, has great fun with his friend Cooper Roberts, 9, in the jousting ring

Witherlea School's gala was the place to be yesterday morning, with a long line of people queuing outside the school gates before things got under way at 11am.

Hundreds of people turned out for the gala, where they were greeted with games, food stalls, raffles, lucky dips, crafts, books and a ever-popular chocolate wheel.

Event co-organiser Anna Straker said the morning had been "absolutely fantastic".

Crowds flocked to the mystery key competition
Crowds flocked to the mystery key competition

"It's just brilliant . . . people were waiting at the gate and we've sold out of a lot of things and had to restock, it's just phenomenal, we couldn't ask for better community spirit," she said.

Money raised at this year's gala would go towards library books, sports equipment, playground facilities, information technology and art supplies.

By 1pm the lucky dip stall had sold out of items, and the hot chip stand had to be restocked. There was also a continuous stream of people at the "lucky key" stand - the winner took home a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 tablet.

Lexi Timpson tries her key to unlock the top prize
Lexi Timpson tries her key to unlock the top prize

Co-organiser Anna Crowe said 250 lucky keys for the box had been sold and holders of the 249 "unlucky" keys were entered into a second-chance draw for the chance to win an iPod Touch.

Isabella Tupouto'a, 7, competes in the toilet paper toss
Isabella Tupouto'a, 7, competes in the toilet paper toss
Jessica Bell, 4, and Megan Bell, 6.
Jessica Bell, 4, and Megan Bell, 6.
Darlene Purdie, and Barbara Geris flat out making candy floss
Darlene Purdie, and Barbara Geris flat out making candy floss

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